25 Jun 2013
There’s nothing quite so relaxing as lying back and easing your aching muscles in a spacious hot tub.
But did you know that there are also several medical benefits associated with using a hot tub?
The key to these benefits lie in the hot water which in turn, increases blood circulation around the body and so lowers blood pressure – good news for those who have suffered a stroke or have other heart-related medical issues.
Although initially, the hot water is likely to make the heart pump faster and raise blood pressure, the blood vessels will quickly begin to dilate, allowing warmed blood to spread around the body. It is this action which begins to lower the blood pressure. The soothing water helps the person to relax and often leads to a good night’s sleep.
The buoyancy created by the water also helps to ease away those aches and pains, gentling massaging muscles and soothing sore joints. For this reason, hot tubs are also often recommended for those suffering from arthritis. The jets of water massage tense knots of muscles, creating relief and loosening up circulation.
Exercise is of course essential for well being but for many, traditional forms of exercise can be potentially painful and can even prove dangerous for some if unsupervised. A hot tub provides a comfortable, safe area in which to do some gentle exercise, with the water protecting vulnerable areas from being knocked or bruised.
Although hot tubs are an excellent form of treatment support for many people, it is of course essential that if you are considering buying a hot tub for medical purposes, that you seek the advice of a qualified doctor.
23 Jun 2013
Preparing for your hot tub or spa?
Before you go out and buy a hot tub or spa, consider first how much space you have available and where you want to position the tub to enjoy maximum benefit.
With British weather being so unpredictable (and if the area is overlooked by other neighbouring properties) it makes sense to situate the spa as closely as possible to your home or external changing area. Remember that although trees can provide some welcome natural shade in hotter temperatures, you may also incur the problem of leaves and insects falling into the water, so you may prefer to situate your tub away from any overhanging branches.
Whether you intend to install your tub indoors or outside, please note that grass, sand or waterlogged ground are unsuitable bases for a hot tub, which needs to have a solid foundation. The ground you prepare should be smooth, level and able to support a heavy weight. Any shifting of the base after the spa has been installed could result in damage to the shell of the spa itself.
If possible, a layer of concrete around 5 inches thick provides the ideal foundation for a hot tub. Alternatively, a level, flat patio also offers an excellent alternative.
For safety reasons, it is vital that you avoid placing your tub near overhead power lines. It also makes sense that in the event that any repairs or maintenance are required, there is enough space around the outside of the entire tub which will allow these activities to take place safely and easily.
21 Jun 2013
We recently were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Monaco for the day to see the 2013 Grand Prix. Yes, I know that seems very frivolous and yes, you do see more on the telly, but the atmosphere was very special and it was great just to be a part of the whole thing.
Although we didn’t see a great deal of the race one of the things you don’t realise when watching from the comfort of your front room is that at the end of the race all the boats (or are they yachts??) sound their horns. As you can imagine this produces a veritable cacophony of sound as many of these marine craft (let’s try not to offend any seafaring folk) are of the extremely large variety.
Now, even with the winning lottery ticket, I doubt I’d ever be able to afford one, but one thing I do have in common with some of these is the hot tub. There is one well known builder of large seafaring craft (and I mean large!), who offer the option of having a hot tub installed on your own personal yacht (or gin palace in my case). Just picture it – cruising the Mediterranean – watching the world go by from the comfort of your hot tub!
OK, so that may be a pipe dream but if I close my eyes, lay back in the tub and sip my wine I can almost hear the gentle slap of the waves against the hull.
By Fiona Cramer